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age of consent

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noun
  1. the age at which a person becomes legally competent to consent to marriage or sexual intercourse.

Origin of age of consent

First recorded in 1800–10
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British Dictionary definitions for age of consent

age of consent

noun
  1. the age at which a person is considered legally competent to consent to sexual intercourse
  2. the age at which a person can enter into a legally binding contract
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